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DAMASCUS, SYRIA - JULY 6: In this handout image provided by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad July 6, 2008 in Damascus, Syria. Abbas traveled to Syria to discuss the Middle East peace process with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but had no plans to meet with any Hamas leaders. (Photo by Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - JULY 6: In this handout image provided by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad July 6, 2008 in Damascus, Syria. Abbas traveled to Syria to discuss the Middle East peace process with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but had no plans to meet with any Hamas leaders. (Photo by Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images)

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